Thursday, April 25, 2013
Police: 16-year-old girl was last seen Tuesday.
Montgomery County police are searching for Mignon Boyd, 16, who went missing Tuesday. Boyd, of the 2000 block of Marlow Farm Terrace in Silver Spring, was last seen at Paint Branch High School, 14121 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville, around 7 a.m. Tuesday. Mignon is described as an African-American female, approximately 5 foot 7 inches and 150 pounds, with brown eyes and long, black hair with burgundy highlights worn in thick individual braids. She has pierced ears and wears an earring on her upper right ear. Mignon frequently uses the bus for transportation, police said in a news release. She is known to visit stores, such as Target and Chipotle, in the 12000 block of Cherry Hill Road and stores in the White Oak Shopping Center. Police …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The opportunity for robberies, burglaries and thefts from vehicles increase during the holidays, police say.
As holidays approach, Montgomery County police warn residents to be extra vigilant for robberies, burglaries and thefts from vehicles. According to a police statement, the opportunity for these incidents increase during the holidays. In addition to the police department’s yearly “Shop with a Cop” campaign, Montgomery County police have released the following safety tips: When shopping: When out walking: At home:
Monday, November 26, 2012
Gaithersburg and Montgomery County Police Departments conducted a two day “Holiday Safety” initiative at Lakeforest Mall.
Plain clothed officers from Gaithersburg and Montgomery County police departments arrested 13 people during a two day "Holiday Safety" intitative at Lakeforest Mall, police said Monday afternoon. The initiative, conducted on Nov. 23 and 24 in partnership with mall security, resulted in four people being charged with misdemeaner thefts, three charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia, one charged with possession of alcohol, two had outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court, and three were charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. “We appreciate the efforts and support of the Gaithersburg police and the Montgomery County police departments during the busy …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
An increased police presence will provide extra security and pedestrian safety awareness in some of the county's busiest retail centers.
Black Friday shoppers might notice an increased police presence in some of the county’s busiest shopping areas. Beginning Friday through Dec. 23 the Montgomery County Police Department’s annual “Shop With a Cop” campaign will provide extra security in retail areas in all six county police districts. Officers also will distribute 9,000 reusable bright yellow shopping bags, county police Chief J. Thomas Manger said at a news conference on Tuesday in Rockville Town Square. The bags have a drawing of a pair of eyes above the slogan “Can you see me now?” and are part of a Montgomery County pedestrian safety campaign also announced Tuesday. Shop With a Cop is focused on making drivers aware of increased pedestrian holiday traffic in shopping …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
County police and fire/rescue personnel return from week helping Sandy victims in New York, where the situation was described as "Katrina-esque."
On Tuesday afternoon, while Montgomery County and the rest of the nation were paying attention to Election Day, 80 Montgomery County fire/rescue and police personnel unceremoniously returned home from spending an exhausting week assisting Hurricane Sandy victims in New York. The Maryland Task Force 1, made up of local medical workers, rescue experts, engineers and dog handlers with search canines, was assembled Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, and dispatched to Fort Dix, NJ, to await orders, according to Montgomery County Assistant Chief Scott Graham. From there it was a long week of search and rescue and humanitarian relief that Graham says was similar to the situation in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “I’ve been on the task force since …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Montgomery County Police spokesman answers questions submitted by Patch readers.
Ever wonder if you could pass a tractor on the left side if there are only two lanes or about the laws associated with wiretapping? Patch sits down with Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks to get the answers. This week, Patch wants to hear from you. Submit your questions in the comments section below or to Tamika Smith at Tamika@Patch.com
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Will you donate?
Montgomery County police will celebrate 90 years of service in the county with a community blood and food drive this week. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, residents are invited to the county’s new Public Safety Headquarters at 100 Edison Park Drive in Gaithersburg to honor family and friends in the armed forces, law enforcement or fire and rescue services. The American Red Cross in August reported its blood reserve had hit a 15-year low. Walk-in donors are accepted, but online registration is encouraged. Donors are asked to bring a photo ID and two non-perishable food items with them. The food items will be donated to the Mid-County United Ministries Captain Joseph A. Mattingly Food Pantry in Wheaton.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Prince George's and Montgomery counties, along with 22 other Maryland jurisdictions, were awarded grant money to help monitor sex offenders.
Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties were awarded $95,802 and $40,940 respectively in grant money from the Sex Offender Compliance and Enforcement in Maryland (SOCEM) grant program. The program has awarded more than $700,000 to 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City to help local law enforcement agencies monitor the state's 7,990 sex offenders. Prince George's received the third-largest amount and Montgomery County the fourth-largest of the 24 jurisdictions, following Baltimore City and Baltimore County. The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention announced the grant, which will help local agencies monitor Maryland’s Sex Offender Registry. “There should be absolutely no mercy shown to anyone who harms a child in our state…
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The Montgomery County Police Department worked more than 2,000 overtime hours after the June 29 storm and overtime costs for the county are over $100,000, The Gazette reported.
Though officials say they’re still totaling Montgomery County’s storm costs, the Gazette reported that overtime costs alone for the county police department have exceeded $100,000. Spokesperson Angela Cruz told the Gazette that police had logged more than 2,111 overtime hours and of those hours, 310 were “comp hours earned” overtime, which means that employees took compensation in the form of hours earned, as opposed to overtime pay. According to the Gazette, overtime has cost the county $102,843.69 thus far and overtime pay for the Fire and Rescue Service response was $30,000. Though Pepco has received harsh criticism and negative feedback from both residents and officials for its response time to the storm’s outages, the Gazette …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Montgomery County Police Department spokesman answers questions submitted by Patch readers.
This week, Captain Paul Starks of the Montgomery County Police Department takes on questions from Patch readers. Patch Reader Question: What is the law regarding stopping for a school bus on a road where there is a left turn center lane like Route 355 in Gaithersburg? Captain Paul Starks: Unless the highway is divided, all traffic must stop. Patch Reader Question: It seems to be customary in Montgomery County for drivers who are pulled over by police to stop their car immediately, even if they are on a busy thoroughfare such as Georgia or Connecticut, instead of turning onto the next side street before stopping. This leads to traffic problems and puts the officer at greater risk. Is it considered evading arrest if a driver proceeds to …